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The Wise Man's Fear (Part One) | [Patrick Rothfuss]

The Wise Man's Fear (Part One)

Sequel to the extraordinary The Name of The Wind, The Wise Man's Fear is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss. This is the most exciting fantasy series since George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, and a must for all fans of HBO's Game of Thrones.
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Sequel to the extraordinary The Name of The Wind, The Wise Man's Fear is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss.

This is the most exciting fantasy series since George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, and a must for all fans of HBO's Game of Thrones. Picking up the tale of Kvothe Kingkiller once again, we follow him into exile, into political intrigue, courtship, adventure, love and magic... and further along the path that has turned Kvothe, the mightiest magician of his age, a legend in his own time, into Kote, the unassuming pub landlord. Packed with as much magic, adventure and home-grown drama as The Name of the Wind, this is a sequel in every way the equal to its predecessor and a must for all fantasy fans.

Engaging and gripping, The Wise Man's Fear is the biggest and the best new fantasy novel out there.

©2011 Patrick Rothfuss (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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    Matt 19/05/2012
    Matt 19/05/2012
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    "More good work from Partick Rothfuss"

    Having only just finished listening to "The Name of The Wind" which I thought was wonderful from start to finish I jumped wholeheartedly into the second of the series, "The Wise Man's Fear".

    Rupert Degas gives one of my favourite deliveries of any audio narrator with this series. I often find myself preferring to listen to a great narrator reading a fairly good book than a poor narrator reading a fantastic book. It really makes a huge difference.

    Thankfully, like the previous title, this audiobook is blessed with both excellent writing and narration. Patrick Rothfuss' intelligent and descriptive style is brought to life by Degas. The book is littered with detail that doesn't get in the way of the plot and characterisation is believable and rewarding. Rothfuss' pacing is nearly always spot on and he's fast becoming one of my favourite authors.

    So why only four stars? Well, unlike "The Name of the Wind", this book feels a little disjointed. While the individual chapters are finely crafted, the book reads somewhat like a set of short stories. Kvothe's seems to just end up going from place to place after neatly wrapping up each story arc. It almost feels lazy, the way he bumps into a character, or is given a task which sends him on his way to the next part of the novel. This by no means ruins the book, but I did expect more from Rothfuss who is clearly is an extremely talented writer.

    All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the major part of this novel, and while I don't hold in quite the high regard as "The Name of the Wind" it's still a very good continuation of the series. I eagerly look forward to the next one.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Stewart Inverurie, United Kingdom 21/04/2012
    Stewart Inverurie, United Kingdom 21/04/2012 Member Since 2014
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    "Epic Fantasy as good as Lord of the Rings"

    Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles is on par with Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter. The large number of different directions and plots the ‘The Name of the Wind’ covers is dramatically expanded in ‘The Wise Man's Fear’. The world that Patrick Rothfuss has created around the life and tales of the central character Kvothe is incredible and the way the story is link as if a biography is inspirational. These are audio books that I will be listening to again and again; the books are incredibly well crafted, with fantastic audio book narration. I highly recommend them.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Robyn 09/01/2014
    Robyn 09/01/2014 Member Since 2014

    I get bored quickly so take ages choosing my books. Preferred authors incl Sanderson, Rothfuss, PBrett, ....tho' C Harris makes me laugh too

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    "The problem with a trilogy...."

    I find that the problem with trilogies is that either 1) book #2 becomes the stuffing in the middle and nothing very much happens, or 2) the second book is just as good as the first, and when it finishes you go charging off to download the final instalment to find it's not yet released, so then you go off to the author's website to find there isn't even an indication of when the third instalment will be written! Much frustration and gnashing of teeth....and trawling through audible looking for a substitute fix (unsuccessfully). This book undoubtedly falls into the latter category!! A worthy sequel. (Although some might say that to suck one's audience into a tale like this, and then leave them hanging is positively cruel. Far too many loose ends, and enticing hints at what is to come)

    The only time I felt concern that we might be entering "padding it out territory" was when Kvothe begins to study the Ketan, and with it the never-ending and unresolved exploration of the philosophy of the Lethani. Apart from this, the pace of the first book is maintained. Kvothe remains the imperfect yet very likeable hero.

    The interludes, set in the present with the very much weaker Kote, are surely setting the scene for a rich third and final instalment? ....come on Patrick Rothfuss, gives us a clue as to when we can expect the completion of Kvothe's story.

    I cannot fault Rupert Degas' performance. He manages to give every character a unique, and fitting voice - even for the women. Masterful.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Chinnor, United Kingdom 14/07/2012
    Andrew Chinnor, United Kingdom 14/07/2012 Member Since 2013

    Little time to "read" plenty of commuting & running time to listen.

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    "Once again - brilliant"

    As a follow on to the fantastic Name of the Wind - this is absolutely perfect. The story is wonderful, the characters detailed - the narration excellent. No idea when part 3 will be available but I hope that Rupert Degas is available to read it. A perfect combination.

    If you want to get completely lost in another world - and enjoy the fantasy genre - listen to Name of the Wind and then The Wise Man's Fear. You will NOT regret it.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Beccameriel London, United Kingdom 06/08/2013
    Beccameriel London, United Kingdom 06/08/2013 Member Since 2011

    Fan of urban fantasy, especially set in London, & Victorian gothic. A bit of steampunk & cyperpunk too. Oh, and Georgette Heyer (sorry).

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    "Stormingly good fantasy with proper characters"

    Well, this is splendid. I am quite picky about fantasy and can't bear the usual cliches. Patrick Rothfuss has created a full realised universe and for once the characterisation is as important as the epic sweep of the story.

    Rupert Degas is a fabulous narrator with lovely rich voice. He always manages to portray the right amount of emotion and clearly distinguishes between people. A good narrator makes or breaks a book and can make a good book unputdownable (unstoplistenable? - need a new word for audio books)

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ali Edinburgh, United Kingdom 08/09/2012
    Ali Edinburgh, United Kingdom 08/09/2012
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    "Brilliant"

    As with The Name of the Wind (the first book in this series), I absolutely loved this book. Completely engrossing and superb narration as ever from Rupert Degas. Well worth the credit / money!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jimbles 17/10/2012
    Jimbles 17/10/2012 Member Since 2013
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    "Extraordinary!"

    The 'fantasy' genre should have a special section just for books like these.

    I've already listened to and read The Wise Man's Fear and The Name of the Wind several times and can see that the trilogy will be an enduring favourite in my collection, to revisit time and time again.

    The richness and colour of the writing combined with the brooding, emotionally flawed character of Kvothe are compulsively absorbing.

    I grew up with Lord of the Rings and have a deep connection with it, these 'Kvothe Chronicles' although different in substance, have created the same feeling of involvement, a very special place to escape to!

    Rupert Degas gives a superb interpretation, the most gorgeous voice with no irritating phoney accents.

    Bring on the next book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Telford, United Kingdom 13/02/2014
    Christopher Telford, United Kingdom 13/02/2014 Member Since 2015

    I am a 28 year old man who likes to make use of a long commute by listening to sci-fi and fantasy audiobooks

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    "This series is a work of art"


    I have never read anything like this series, I can’t wait to read it’s conclusion.

    Story – 4.5/5

    Once again, I was sucked in and absorbed into the live of Kvothe, even more so than the first book it seems. This book probably developed more slowly than the first, but with good reason. The story, to me, seems like it is developing such an in depth view of the character, and his entire life story, ready for a huge conclusion that will have a large emotional impact on the reader.

    Once again, there were happy, sad, funny and scary moments throughout, and Patrick Rothfuss’ stunning prose smoothly took us on a ride with all of these emotions. How he can describe the way Kvothe plays music in such a way to make it believably beautiful is something I have never experienced before, and a skill that I admire.

    There were one or two small moments where I drifted from the story due to being a bit too long (the only thing preventing it getting a 5), but this is minor, I am still contempt that this is one of the best fantasy series ever written, and everyone, fantasy fan or not, should give this a go.

    Performance – 5/5

    Rupert Degas is one of the very best narrators out there. His voice acting is as if he had a full cast of actor’s doing it for him, even the female voices don’t remind you that it is a male narrator like in most audio books

    He really helps to enhance the Kingkiller chronicle’s atmosphere, and make these audio books into something amazing. When you can just relax, and never have to wonder what is happening, or who is saying what, you know you have an amazing audio book narrator. I would purchase other books based on RD narrating alone.

    The added sound effects between chapters are a nice touch and add to the atmosphere.

    Overall – 4.5/5

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher London, United Kingdom 09/08/2012
    Christopher London, United Kingdom 09/08/2012
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    "Expertly written"

    Not only an entertaining story but a an audible delight. The author's command of language is exceptional.
    This is a knife's edge continuation of the story begun in "The Name of the Wind". As with "A Song of Fire and Ice" constant climax and anti-climax, joy and disaster are expected as frequent components of the story. However Patrick Rothfuss succeeds in constantly surprising the reader despite knife edge anticipation, the nature of the twists and turns of the story are mostly unexpected by the listener always coming as an intriguing surprise.
    Initially I found Ruper Degas somewhat drone and dull after listening to Roy Dotrice and Tony Robinson recently. However after a short period of adaptation i've grown extremely fond of him. His tone and timbre match Kvothe perfectly. So stick with it if you are initially put off.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom 24/02/2015
    David Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom 24/02/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Sorry but I just don't get what the fuss is about"

    I know I am very much going against the flow in Fantasy circles in not getting excited about Patrick Rothfuss but I just don't see it. I quite enjoyed the Name of the Wind which is a better than average first installment of a fantasy series, laying the ground work with interesting characters and revealing just enough back story to pique further interest. It didn't really feel like it went anywhere but that was OK since it was setting up the series.

    The problem with The Wise Man's Fear is that it is more of the same. I had expected the second part of what I believe is meant to be a trilogy to start moving the pace along a bit. That we would start to learn more of Kvothe's life and why he is so notorious in this World. Instead it was Harry Potter the University Years. Very well written, yes, but with no discernable point and, by the end of this book, deeply frustrating.

    There is a lot here that I like: great characters richly developed; a coherent and interesting but unobtrusive fantasy world; a low level of magic and supernatural elements; but there needs to be something more than just a character study. The narrative needs to move on and I don't feel any closer to knowing the story of Kvothe after the second book than I did after the first. This vaucousness combines particularly poorly with having to pay for two audiobooks for one book to leave me feeling a little bit cheated

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • John
    Camberley, United Kingdom
    04/03/13
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    "Excellent listen"
    What did you love best about The Wise Man's Fear (Part One)?

    This has definately become one of my favourite sagas, and is beautifully read by Rupert Degas. Highly recommend these imaginative, adventurous books, and I can't wait for the next installment.


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  • Benjamin Gokel
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    "More of the best"
    Any additional comments?

    As you find more and more about the chandrian, Kvothe's progress in the school and the secrets of the university you only want more more more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jaki
    Whangarei, New Zealand
    29/01/13
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    "A fascinating new world - Refreshingly different"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The reader is truly excellent. I read book two (rather than listenning to it) and it was simply not as good. The plot is original. I was entranced. hard to put down is the only problem.























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    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Now i'm hanging out for book 3 (day 3) which appears is not yet written - gutted when i realised this.























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    Yes





















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    nothing





















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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cameron
    Waikanae, New Zealand
    29/01/13
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    "Terrific sequel! Keeps getting better."

    The Name of the wind and Wise mans fear are simply my favourite Audiobooks. The story is great and I just need to find out what is happening next. Hurry up with the next one. Please. Please please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Johan
    Landskrona, Sweden
    21/01/13
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    "Creative and well written!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Rothfuss has a refreshing take on the classic Fantasy epic. A Really good listen!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wise Man's Fear (Part One)?

    ...


    What does Rupert Degas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings the characters to life in a great way


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Quite humorous at times!


    Any additional comments?

    Super book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lachlan
    Canberra, Australia
    18/12/12
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    "Love it!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wise Man's Fear (Part One) to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tempe has to be one of the most solid secondary characters so far -


    What does Rupert Degas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A wonderful array of character voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The Fairy seer creature in the tree was wonderfully creepy!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ndaya Achieng J.
    NAIROBI, KENYA
    20/08/12
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    "Another Tale that won't end!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I began the book in a cynical frame of mind, as I recgnized the now familiar trend in fantasy fiction to drag out a story with meaningless meanderings,and thereby reduce the picture frame to a blotch of too many characters and no dimensions. I am afraid I was right. The landscape while beautifully afixed, has too many flitting two dimensional charcters who do not develop depth and personality,much in the sad tradition of George RR Martin. It is a crowded tale that does not bring anticipation for the future of the main character.Qvoth is a classic narcissist who manipulates all circumstances to suit himself and does not inspire my sympathy. His relationships appear to only serve his ego.


    What other book might you compare The Wise Man's Fear (Part One) to and why?

    Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did a splendid job given the matter.


    Do you think The Wise Man's Fear (Part One) needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think Patrick Rothfuss need not trouble himself to continue this series as it is evident the story has nowhere further to go.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Australia
    03/08/12
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    "Just gets better"
    Where does The Wise Man's Fear (Part One) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This whole series so far has been my favorite? It's addictive.


    What other book might you compare The Wise Man's Fear (Part One) to and why?

    Robert Jordan or Raymond E Feist is how I compare this series. The story and characters are never boring and every chapter has a new twist, turn or surprise.


    What about Rupert Degas’s performance did you like?

    He brings every character to life in your mind and his accents are so clever. His voice and tone are easy to listen to and in over 60 hrs of listening to him I've never wanted to switch him off.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed many times and felt exasperated at others when things didn't go the way you wanted for the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this author and narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GS
    06/07/12
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    "It gets better!"

    Book 2 of the kingkiller chronicles ends up being better than the first book in most parts. Here Kvothe is shown kind of "growing up" and and metaphorically speaking "getting his karate lessons".

    There are some great original quotes in the book, which relate to the title of the book.

    However, I still want to strangle Denna as she adds little to the story beyond a certain amount.

    People who've listened to the first book can see more action here in more ways than one. This book isn't PG13 so be careful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    21/05/12
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    "Just as good as book 1."
    What does Rupert Degas bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    He gets the characters, just perfect.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    If you love a great adventure and really amazing story, then this book is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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